Zuckerberg to launch $3.4 billion foundation devoted to global causes

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, have pledged at least $3.4 billion to address the most urgent global problems facing the world, Zuckerberg announced Thursday in a new foundation dedicated to community and scientific advancement.

The pledge, made through the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, represents “the largest commitment to solve one of the world’s most important problems,” according to the foundation. It includes several targets, including world hunger, diseases such as HIV/AIDS, climate change and the cost of health care.

“There are thousands of problems facing humanity,” Chan Zuckerberg said in a video message on Facebook. “We care about the kind of world we want to leave our children, and we want to leave a good one behind.”

The announcement comes as Zuckerberg’s perception of himself has evolved. Last month, as the world was focused on the presidential campaign and the parade of explosive revelations and news of Russian misinformation, Zuckerberg was candid about his unfulfilled ambitions for Facebook.

“In the 20 years since we started Facebook, I have felt like we’ve come a long way in helping people connect and form relationships around the world,” he wrote at the time. “But there are also some broader societal issues and inequalities that have stood in the way of the full potential of Facebook.”

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